Apprenticeship Natural Roots Farm
- Date Posted November 06, 2017
- Location Conway, MA
- Category Agriculture
- Job Type Internship/Apprentice
In 2018 Natural Roots begins its twenty first season here in Conway. We run a diversified family farm. Our six workhorses are the only source of power for all of our work. At present we have about eight and a half acres under cultivation in mixed vegetables, berries, herbs, and cover crops, using organic practices. Our produce is marketed primarily through our summer CSA of about 200 families, and our winter CSA of about 60 families with surplus sold through our farm store and wholesale. We put up loose hay from 12 acres to feed the working horses. We have a breeding pair of hogs which yield two litters of piglest each year and we also keep a flock of about 180 pastured laying hens for eggs. In the winter we are logging and processing firewood and milling lumber for both on farm use and local sales. On the home front, we raise meat chickens, a small orchard, and gardens as well.Job Description
Workdays are very full and rewarding – 5 and 1/2 days per week. Workhorse care, handling, driving, and farmwork are a major component of the apprenticeship. Crop cultural tasks including seeding, transplanting, weeding, trellising, mulching, harvesting, and washing happen continuously throughout the season. Haymaking is always a highlight. Equipment repair and maintenance are important regular responsibilities. Management of our wood-heated greenhouse, soil fertility, extensive cover cropping, weed control, field rotations, and livestock healthcare and management are important aspects of the apprenticeship as well. Construction projects can be a feature at times. Food preservation, holistic farm management, and starting a farm business / lifestyle are also be part of the experience.
Educational foci include a structured teamster training program and a weekly 2 hour field walk / educational session. In addition to education on the farm, we encourage participation in the CRAFT program. This is a network of area farms that all have apprentices and offer extended learning opportunities through a schedule of on-farm tours and seminars on specific topics.
Three apprentices are sought from March to mid-December. Accommodations include two small, rustic cabins. All farm-raised meat, eggs, and produce plus other staples are provided in addition to a stipend of $880 per month. Worker’s Compensation is provided as well state-subsidized comprehensive health care.
The farm is situated in the beautiful Eastern foothills of the Berkshire Mountains on the edge of the Pioneer valley. There are limitless outdoor recreational opportunities right out the backdoor (literally) as well as a wealth of cultural resources within thirty minutes drive.Compensation this position is PAID: stipend How to apply